Between fiction and reality: Meshal Al-Obaidallah

Meshal Al-Obaidallah, a 32-year-old Saudi conceptual artist, is interested in the ways in which our history is archived, and in particular that of Saudi Arabia, whose openness to 'modernity' in recent years has deeply perplexed the young Washington-born man in his thirties. His passion for archives is always guided by his questioning of the oblivion of culture and its constant evolution. Also an exhibition curator, he has exhibited in Saudi Arabia, Italy, England, etc.

"I like to look at different ways of archiving and documenting stories."
For example, in his series entitled "Shimagh", Al-Obaidallah has revisited the traditional Khaleeji headdress in bright colours, highlighting Arab multiculturalism (see photo).